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The Art of Classical Warfare: The Graeco-Roman Mind at War


The Art of Classical Warfare: The Graeco-Roman Mind at War
by John Drogo Montagu

List Price: $34.95 
Hardcover: 256 pages 18 b/w photos
ISBN: 1-85367-685-3
Publisher: Greenhill Books
Publish Date: July 14, 2006




New in Print


• A fascinating insight into the tactics and strategies of Graeco-Roman warfare
• Supported by numerous plans and diagrams, as well as classical accounts
• Written by the acclaimed historian John Drogo Montagu

Greek and Roman Warfare: Battles, Tactics and Trickery is a uniquely detailed work which explores the tactics and battle strategies of the Graeco-Roman period.

This incisive study goes beyond the arms and armour to reveal the psychology behind history's most emblematic battles. The technology of an army is of course an important factor in its success, but battles are ultimately won by tactics and strategy. From the cunning ambush to oxen with torches masquerading as an escaping army at night, Drogo Montagu explores the intricacies of waging war in the ancient world. Using his extensive knowledge of Graeco-Roman military history, he has created a gripping account of classical military thought.

Montagu draws on the great historians of the time – Livy, Plutarch, Xenophon and Josephus among them – to illustrate the different elements that an army required to defeat its enemy on the battlefield, be it by force or guile. In addition, he offers details on how a commander would maintain the morale and fitness of his troops, as well as conduct their training. Greek and Roman Warfare provides an incredibly thorough view of the tactics and strategy of battle in ancient times from all perspectives, making it one of the most complete studies of Graeco-Roman warfare to date.

About the Author:
John Drogo Montagu is a classical historian of considerable standing and the author of the acclaimed compendium Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds.

From Amazon.com:
This uniquely detailed work explores the tactics and battle strategies of the Graeco-Roman period. It goes beyond the arms and armour to reveal the psychology behind history's most emblematic battles. The technology of an army is of course an important factor in its success, but battles are ultimately won by tactics and strategy. From the cunning ambush to oxen with torches masquerading as an escaping army at night, Drogo Montagu explores the intricacies of waging war in the ancient world. Using his extensive knowledge of Graeco-Roman military history, he has created a gripping account of classical military thought. He draws on the great historians of the time - Livy, Plutarch, Xenophon and Josephus among them - to illustrate the different elements that an army required to defeat its enemy on the battlefield, be it by force or guile. In addition, he offers details on how a commander would maintain the morale and fitness of his troops, as well as conduct their training. The Art of Classical Warfare provides an incredibly thorough view of the tactics and strategy of battle in ancient times from all perspectives, making it one of the most complete studies of Graeco-Roman warfare to date.

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